Holly Shrubs

Holly Shrubs for Sale Online

Holly Bushes have been popular ornamental shrubs in the American landscape for hundreds of years. Hollies can be used as a specimen, foundation planting, in containers to frame a doorway, or as an accent on a deck or patio.These ornamental berry-producing shrubs are an excellent screening plant, and the evergreen varieties make a perfect colorful privacy hedge.

Holly Bushes are beautiful plants with thick, dark green foliage that lasts year-round. On top of this luscious color, holly Bushes grow berries in the fall and winter, adding a pop of color to gardens during the winter months. These evergreen shrubs offer interest over multiple seasons. The best thing about holly bushes is there is a holly for about every growing zone in America.

Benefits of Holly Shrubs

Hardy To The Elements

Reliably hardy and versatile, evergreen holly shrubs are one of the few plants grown in all 50 states. Hollies offer a lot of bang for your buck in the landscape. Their ability to survive and thrive in poor soils makes them practical for problem areas where it might be challenging to get other things to grow.


Evergreen Hollies are generally deer, pest, and disease resistant. Evergreen holly shrubs are the workhorse of the garden because they are extremely low maintenance and will thrive in full sun to shade. Additionally, holly shrubs don't require supplemental watering once established; this makes them beneficial shrubs in areas prone to spells of drought.

Multi-Seasonal Interest

Beyond their hardiness and low-maintenance nature, hollies are loved for their multi-seasonal interest! Hollies are specifically praised for the grand level of winter interest that they provide. Birds and other wildlife enjoy feasting on winter berries, and they are perfect during the holidays when you can cut them and bring them indoors for a long-lasting holiday display.

Even the Deciduous varieties of holly shrubs can make great additions to your yard. Winterberry holly shrubs will lose their leaves in the winter, but the plants will sport their bright red berries on their stems. This is a great way to create visual interest in your garden in the winter and provide winter snacks for local birds.

Choosing The Right Holly Shrub

Since there are so many fabulous types of holly bushes, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the options. The best place to start is to determine your USDA growing zone! Holly shrubs grow best in USDA hardiness zones 5-9. Don’t know your growing zone? Don’t fret! You can easily utilize our Find Your Grow Zone tool to get started.

Once you’ve determined your area's designated grow zone levels, you can move on to the design and style of your landscape. Will the Holly be a specimen shrub to draw the eye to a particular part of the garden? Do you want something with a lower profile to build a low hedge around your patio? Or, are you looking for a tall, evergreen privacy hedge? Let's consider the options.

Types of Holly Shrubs For Sale

Low Growing Evergreen Holly Bushes

Soft Touch Holly: A dense, compact, mounding shrub with dark green foliage that is soft to the touch. Perfect as a low evergreen hedge reaching only three feet tall.

Brass Buckle Holly: One of the smallest and most colorful Japanese hollies available. Brass Buckle Holly shines all year long because of its glossy, clear yellow, burn-resistant foliage. It's ideally suited to edge walks and borders, as a container plant in milder climates or a striking rock garden accent.

Helleri Holly: Helleri Holly is a low-mounding evergreen shrub with small, boxwood-like leaves. It responds very well to shearing, making it an excellent selection for a low hedge or tight-rounded shrub that hugs the ground.

Mid-sized Evergreen Holly Shrubs:

Compact Japanese Holly: Compact Japanese Holly is an evergreen shrub with small, rounded leaves. It responds very well to shearing, making it an excellent selection for a mid-sized formal hedge.

Ilex Glabra Densa Inkberry Holly: This is a selection of our native Inkberry Holly that has a broad upright habit and retains its foliage at the base of the plant. This Holly tolerates heat, and full sun through the partial shade and grows exceptionally well in urban areas. Small White flowers give way to jet-black inkberries in late spring, which mature in early fall and persist through the winter.

Ilex Glabra Shamrock Holly: Ilex Glabra Shamrock was selected for its compact habit and shimmering green early spring foliage. The foliage matures to dark green in summer. Tolerant of wet soil.

Tall Evergreen Holly Bushes

Sky Pencil Holly: The Sky Pencil Holly is a narrow, columnar evergreen holly perfect for small areas. Dark green foliage stays neat year-round. Perfect evergreen for use as a vertical accent, entryways, or privacy screening.

Steeds Holly: Steeds Holly is an easy-to-grow, densely branched evergreen shrub with a natural pyramidal form. Lustrous dark green foliage adds color to the landscape year-round. Perfect when used to frame a front entryway.

Broad-leaved Evergreen Holly Bushes

Blue Princess Holly: This is the holly bush that everyone knows and loves. While it can grow to 8 feet tall if left untrimmed, most gardeners keep the beautiful Holly trimmed into a formal hedge. Be sure to plant a Blue Prince Holly nearby for the largest berry crop.

Burford Holly: Possibly the most underplanted member of the Holly family. It stays smaller than the blue hollies making it more useful as a hedge. Burford will produce berries without a male present.

Winterberry Holly Bushes

Winter Red Winterberry Holly: Winter Red Winterberry was selected for its iconic red berries that decorate your view in the winter. They'll grow up to 8 feet or more in height and just as wide. Perfect for naturally filling in gaps in a landscape or planting along the edge of the woods.

Sparkleberry Holly: Only reaching 5 to 6 feet high, this is a lovely choice for smaller yards. The Sparkleberry Holly sports tons of clusters of red berries late into the winter months.

Southern Gentleman Holly: Southern Gentleman is a male pollinator for deciduous winterberry varieties. These are hardy and make a good match for both Winter Red and Sparkleberry.

How To Care For Holly Shrubs

Holly shrubs are extremely low maintenance and easy to care for. The first step to properly planting and caring for your new shrub is to choose an area with full to partial sun (6 hours or more of direct exposure) and well-draining slightly acidic soil. The bright sunshine brings out the darkest color in the foliage and is best for producing berries.

Additionally, your holly shrub would benefit from the application of a well-balanced fertilizer blend. We would recommend Espoma Holly Tone Fertilizer for the best results. Your Hollies may also require occasional watering during extended periods of drought.

For an in-depth guide on planting and caring for your holly shrubs, be sure to check out our Holly Bushes Planting Guide!

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If holly trees are for your landscaping project, you'll find many Holly evergreen trees such as American Holly or Nellie Stevens Holly in our Holly Tree Collection.